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Crazy Desk Top "short Cut"

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by DDALE32, Sep 21, 2003.

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  1. DDALE32

    DDALE32 Thread Starter

    Feb 5, 2002

    I constantly have a file appearing on my desktop, like a shortcut. It's name is ~ .. that's it .. tilde. I delete it and it comes back the next day. I have run Norton AV on it and ... nothing wrong.

    This is the PROPERTIES info:

    c:\documents and settings/don/desktop
    Size 175kb
    Size on disk 176kb
    Attributes = archive
    Type of file = file
    Description ~

    After running Norton on it I tried to open it and did with Notepad and got a lot of computerese symbols. BUT some of the English that I could read lists the names of some friends I had sent e-mail to.

    The date on the current ~ file is the date and time I shut the computer down last night.

    This started when I setup DSL and news groups ...BEFORE going to Forte Agent. I don't know that it has anything to do with DSL but some of the cyberlanguage does say ASDL AGENT and the name of the bellsouth newsgroup address where I was sending e-mail about problems. Some of the e-mail addresses I do not recognize ... xxxx.newman.oscar.aol.com is one of them. (The xxxx is a name that I have covered.)

    Any ideas?


  2. kiwiguy


    Aug 17, 2003
    The "tilde" ~ shortcut is actually a backup of your Outlook Express Contacts. Its appearing on your desktop due to a coding glitch in a Windows Update file.

    If you are lucky, Microsoft may correct it in another update onle day.
    Or not.

    This is a widely recognised problem.
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